Botswana has received widespread praise for the way in which it has managed mineral revenues and invested them in education, health care and other forms of assets. In some respects, it has managed to avoid what is commonly known in the literature as the “mineral curse” and “Dutch Disease” through appropriate macroeconomic, exchange rate and fiscal policies, as well as institutional design. It is important, however, that past success should not lead to complacency.
The mining sector continues to be the backbone of Botswana’s economy, despite efforts to diversify. Mining is, by some measures, the largest contributor to GDP as it generates the majority of export earnings and makes a major contribution to government revenues. The use of mineral revenues is, therefore, of critical importance for sustainable development.
Botswana Watch joined Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in 2017 as PWYP’s first member organisation in Botswana. Founded in 2016, its main areas of work include research, policy advocacy and training in areas of mining legal and policy framework awareness and mining community engagement.
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